Moody Adams When the learned Apostle Paul stood before King Agrippa he said, Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead? (Acts 26:8). The resurrection should not seem incredible. Many of the smartest people have believed man will live beyond the grave.
Wise Socrates said, “All men’s souls are immortal.” He was moved to drink the poison hemlock because he thought he would meet the friends who had gone on before.
Rome’s orator, Cicero said, “When I consider the wonderful activity of the mind...I believe and am firmly persuaded that a nature which contains so many things within itself cannot but be immortal.”
Homer the Great tells of Ulysses meeting his mother in the spirit world and recognizing her.
Virgil represents Aeneas as meeting with his friends over there and talking with them.
Hillis asked, “Did the Heavenly Father create his child and fill the soul with treasures of genius and purity and prayer, that he might lead it towards one place—a black hole in the ground where it could bury its intellect and memory and imagination and prayer in the depths with the leaf and the worm?”
Cicero, who lived before Christ’s day, said: “Oh glorious day when I shall retire from this low and sordid scene to associate with the divine assemblage of departed spirits. With my dear Cato, the best of sons and the most faithful of men. It was my sad fate to lay his body on the funeral pile (pyre). If I seemed to bear his death with fortitude it was by no means because I did not feel sensible the loss I had sustained. It was because I was supported by the consoling reflection that we should not be long separated.”
If there is no life after death there is no justice and life is a cruel joke. Adolph Hitler burned six million Jews and bathed in riches and died a quick death with no suffering. A good mother lives to serve others. But she suffers a life of poverty and pain and spends a year dying of cancer. Reason cries for another life where justice will be done. Without life beyond the grave there is no justice. Without another life, this life is a futile mess in which good can go unrewarded and evil can go unpunished.
The instinct in the heart of man demands there is another life. Our sense of justice demands it. So much is wrong which is never righted here on earth. There must be a judge, or a place where this world’s wrongs are righted. Reason cries for us to come to this conclusion—there is another life beyond the grave.
William Shakespeare wrote in his will: “I commend my soul into the hands of God, my Creator, hoping and assuredly believing, through the merits of Jesus Christ my Savior to be made partaker of Life everlasting.”
A. D. Dennison, M.D. said, “The moral argument expresses through the human conscience the existence of a moral ruler of the universe who will exercise judgment.”
Bulwer reasoned, “Man only of all earthly creatures, asks, ‘Can the dead die forever?’, and the instinct that urges the question is God’s answer to man, for no instinct is given in vain.”
Abraham Lincoln said, “Man is destined for eternity.”
America’s brilliant philosopher, Emerson, reasoned, “Our dissatisfaction with any other solution is the blazing evidence of immortality.” Thomas Alva Edison said, “I am working on the theory that our personality exists after what we call life leaves our present material bodies.”
Benjamin Franklin wrote his own obituary. He likened his body to a book which would decay. But, the publishers would bring it out in a new edition: “Like the cover of an old book, its contents torn out and stripped of its lettering and gilding, lies here food for worms. Yet the work itself shall not be lost for it will appear once more.”
On his seventieth birthday Victor Hugo wrote: “Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart. The nearer I approach the end, the plainer I hear around me the immortal symphonies of the worlds which invite me.”
Jesus Christ declared, I am the resurrection, and the life: He that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believes in me shall never die (John 11:25,26).
Paul assured: Behold, I show you a mystery: we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump; for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall all be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory (1 Corinthians 15:51-54).
He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his spirit that dwelleth in you (Romans 8:11).
He shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body (Philippians 3:21).
It is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body (1 Corinthians 15:42-44).
Jesus said, Why are ye troubled? And why do thoughts arise in your hearts? Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself; handle me and see; for a spirit (phantasma, apparition) hath not flesh and bones as ye see me have. And when he had thus spoken, He showed them His hands and His feet. And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, He said unto them, Have ye here any meat? And they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb; and He took it and did eat before them (Luke 24:38-43).
He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces (Isaiah 25:8).